Bergsonian

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Etymology[edit]

Bergson +‎ -ian

Adjective[edit]

Bergsonian (comparative more Bergsonian, superlative most Bergsonian)

  1. Of or relating to Henri-Louis Bergson (1859–1941), French philosopher, who convinced many thinkers that immediate experience and intuition are more significant than rationalism and science in understanding reality.
    • 1985?, Oliver Sacks, “The Lost Mariner”, chapter 2 in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (Reset 2007 edition), page 41:
      Jimmie, who was so lost in extensional ‘spatial’ time, was perfectly organised in Bergsonian ‘intentional’ time; what was fugitive, unsustainable, as formal structure, was perfectly stable, perfectly held, as art or will.